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It Happened Today in New York City

09-16 Met OperaOn September 16, 1966, the new Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center had its official opening night. Although public performances had been held since August, the official opening occurred in September with the world premiere of Antony and Cleopatra by Samuel Barber. Plans for the new opera house had begun nearly four decades earlier when the company considered moving to the new Rockefeller Center. Funding for that move disappeared with the Great Depression and the late lamented Old Met remained in use until April, 1966, when architect Wallace K. Harrison’s new Lincoln Center venue held its first “unofficial” public performance, a staging of Puccini’s La Fanciulla Del West.

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